Drinking Copper-Water/Tamra Jal

Hi friends, happy Friday! How are you doing?

This summer (and always), a very good idea to help you remember to drink adequate water every day is –to keep a separate water bottle for yourself! This way, you know how much you drank and complete your target, if you are lagging behind.

Keep a glass or a steel bottle preferably. It’s great because it is safe, reusable and eco-friendly!

I know the moment you read this, you would say, “and what about a copper bottle?”. Very much in trend, I keep seeing ads for very pretty, shiny hand-painted/hammered water copper water bottles. Suddenly, copper bottles have become a health trend and lot of people have started drinking water out of copper bottles.

As a kid, I used to own a copper serpent-shaped ring that I liked a lot. I used to wear it all the time but within a few days I noticed that the skin under the copper ring turned green in colour and the stain stayed for many days even after I removed the ring. For some reason, the stain felt toxic to me as a kid and since then I am wary of copper. I know now it’s oxidation but still…

In any case, I always preferred glass so I never tried copper bottles but my sister did. For few months, she drank water out of these pricey, beautiful bottles…to one day end up with copper toxicity! Luckily she had no symptoms and it came out in a routine blood-test before anything happened. She immediately stopped drinking water out of copper bottle, of course.

This made me realize that a ‘’health’’ trend could also be dangerous if we don’t understand it well. That a “health” trend might not be for everyone.

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What Is Copper (Cu) To Us?

Copper is a mineral. It is important for many functions in our body. However, it is required in very small amounts and its natural deficiency is very rare as many foods contain it. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adult men and women is only 900 μg/day (0.9 mg) as per WHO and is easily met.

What is Copper toxicity?

If I didn’t see it happen myself, I probably wouldn’t believe it. It is after all an ancient custom of India, to drink copper-water or tamra-jal, out of copper vessels, isn’t it?

Copper toxicity can be fatal as it affects functioning of vital organs. Getting too much copper on a regular basis can cause liver damage, abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

So, Good Or Harmful?

Not necessarily harmful but we have to be very careful. Drinking tamra-jal and cooking in copper vessels is not new to us Indians. It is supposed to have many benefits which include:

  • Better immunity
  • Better joint health
  • Better thyroid care
  • Better iron absorption in body
  • Aids in digestive process etc

Not much research has been done on these fronts but at least the water-purification and anti-bacterial properties of copper and copper-water are well-proven.

Precautions For Copper Water/ Tamra Jal:

As per Ayurveda, the process is to is to leave water overnight (for about 8 hrs) in a copper-vessel and then, consume in morning empty stomach – rather than using a copper bottle to drink all through the day, day after day!

If you use water vessels/bottles made out of copper, please take care to:

  • pick vessels/bottles made of pure copper only. These usually come with some certification
  • make sure the water vessel/bottle is not corroded inside
  • make sure the vessel/bottle is washed properly every day and completely drained of old water before refilling it
  • do not refrigerate water in copper vessels/bottles
  • drink water plain from copper vessels/bottles. Do not make ‘detox’ or flavoured water in these vessels/bottles
  • do not drink this copper-water continuously for more than 2-3 months. Take a month’s gap. This gap allows body to flush out any toxicity developed on its own

That is all for today friends. Hope you found the post today useful. If you want to drink tamra-jal or copper-water, make sure you follow the process. I have realized that Ayurveda has very specific processes for every practice. Hence, while following such practices, we need to fully understand the concept and the process.

Till next Friday

Love, Health & Peace

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